Easy way to convert Raster to Vector?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by djearlybird, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. djearlybird macrumors regular

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    What's the easiest way to do this? Is there a simple shareware program, or do I have to use something in Adobe CS? Let me know, thanks!
     
  2. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816

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    There isn't. You'll have to recreate it in vector, or try live trace. Programs that do this are $$$
     
  3. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    if you have access to windows there is raster vector which may do what you're after - never used it though.
     
  4. bartelby macrumors Core

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    There's a program called Delineate.
    It's kinda awkward and the previews don't work, but it does output .svg files.
     
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    Adobe used to have a program called Streamline that did this, but it looks like they have discontinued it in favor of the LiveTrace feature in Illustrator. That Vector Magic site looks promising...
     
  8. djearlybird thread starter macrumors regular

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  10. doug in albq macrumors 65816

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    use Inkscape.

    that free vector based drawing program has a pretty good built-in tracing program
     
  11. CMD is me macrumors 6502

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    I used Streamline for years, but honestly if you want a good vector image you're best doing it in AI yourself. You'll get a clean version and really good and making your curves! Good luck.
     
  12. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    Illustrator CS2 has live trace, where you can just convert any bitmap image to vector. The results are variable, as you'd expect, but I find it really useful.
     
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  14. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    What are you talking about? Of course there are programs out there that trace for you. Get Delineate, or if you've got good internet download inkscape, which has some really good trace features.

    The Rule of Thumb: Wherever there are expensive graphics tools, there are programmer/artists who make their own so they don't have to pay.
     

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